Barclays restructuring head Senthil Alagar joins A&M

05 September 2014 Consultancy.uk

Consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal has appointed Senthil Alagar as a Managing Director of its restructuring and turnaround team in London. PwC and EY alumnus Alagar joins from Barclays, where he headed the UK & Ireland Restructuring unit.

Senthil Alagar has a track record of more than 20 years in the field of financial advisory, with a particular focus on restructuring advisory. Prior to joining Alvarez & Marsal, he was head of the regional Restructuring unit of Barclays, where he led a specialist team of 40 people and oversaw a restructuring case portfolio of up to £4 billion. Before his spell at Barclays, where he served major public as well as private corporates, Alagar held senior restructuring positions at Bank of Scotland, PwC and EY

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“The arrival of Senthil, coupled with A&M’s experience gained from high profile recent restructuring engagements such as Eircom in Ireland and Biffa in the UK, gives us the capability to solve the most complex challenges facing companies today,” comments Mike Corner-Jones, Head of Alvarez & Marsal’s restructuring business in the UK.

In a reaction to his new role, Alagar says that he is “pleased to take this next step in his career” at a firm which has a “trusted heritage of helping clients by providing leadership in restructurings.” 

Alvarez & Marsal is one of the leading restructuring consulting firms in the industry. The firm gained global exposure following the large role it played as restructuring advisor of the bankrupt Lehman Brothers, an engagement which according to analysts earned the consultancy more than $1 billion in fees. 

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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Three senior level consultants have been boosted to the rank of Partner at Quantum Advisory, as the firm works to meet heightened levels of client demand. Aled Edwards, Amanda Burdge and Chris Heirene become Partners as long-time Quantum member Rob Davies retires in May after 15 years as a Partner at the firm.

Founded in 2000, Quantum Advisory provides pension and employee benefits services to employers, scheme trustees and members, with five offices across the UK. The firm has enjoyed exponential growth in recent years, following a number of major client wins and booming demand for its services. It opened a new office in Bristol in 2016 to service the South West and in 2017 relocated its Cardiff office to a larger site within the Welsh capital to house the increased workforce. More recently, Quantum relocated its Amersham, Birmingham and London offices to more spacious premises in the centre of both cities to cope with demand.

The financial services consultancy, which employs 115 people across the UK, has promoted three senior team members to Partner, as part of its wider growth plans. The firm has moved Aled Edwards from Principal Consultant & Actuary, while Amanda Burdge has ascended from Principal Investment Consultant. Chris Heirene, former IT Manager, has also joined the ten current Partners at Quantum.

Aled Edwards most recently managed the actuarial team within Quantum’s Cardiff office as well as providing technical training for all staff. He boasts more than 17 years of pensions experience. He started his career as an Actuary at Jardine Lloyd Thompson’s Bristol wing, before joining Quantum in 2011. Edwards is also the President of the Welsh Actuarial Society (WAS), which supports actuaries and actuarial students living or working in Wales.

Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of Partners

Amanda Burdge joined Quantum’s team in 2001, as one of the fledgling firm’s first employees. Most recently she was a Principal Investment Consultant with the firm, and with more than a quarter of a century’s experience in the sector, she is responsible for providing investment advice to many of Quantum’s key clients with both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. Prior to her time with Quantum, Burdge spent two years as a consultant with SBJ Benefit Consultants (now Capita), and three years with Tesco Pension Trustees. She currently sits on the Regulation Committee for the Pensions Management Institute.

Chris Heirene initially worked with Quantum as an IT Consultant with Teamwork Technology Services and then UES for over five years, before finally joining the firm itself in 2011. He is now responsible for Quantum’s IT systems across all of its offices, including the network and core server infrastructure which supports the business. Heirene is heavily involved in utilising IT to improve and build upon the processes in place throughout Quantum.

David Deidun, Partner at Quantum Advisory, said of the promotions, “This is a very exciting time for Quantum. The recent round of promotions fully recognise the hard work and dedication shown by the three, all of whom go above and beyond for the company. I’ve no doubt that Aled, Amanda and Chris will settle into their new roles with ease and look forward to working together to grow Quantum even further.”

The news comes as Rob Davies retires in May, after spending fifteen years as a Partner at Quantum. A qualified actuary, Davies was instrumental in setting up Quantum’s Investment Division, specialising in aiding clients with their investment strategies. He will remain with the company on a part-time consultancy basis, while working with several clients in the Fiduciary Manager area.